Federal brass

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  1. Joefrazell

    Joefrazell Well-Known Member

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    Is federal brass in 30-06 have a smaller volume than most brass in 06? Or is it softer then most? I'm having alot of pressure issue even low in the charge weight scale on several bullets. Anyone have any input?
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Federal brass sucks. I would buy some good stuff and chunk the Federal. Literally, anything on the market is better than Federal brass...Including Hornady.

    Personal opinion from many personal experiences with it.
     
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  3. ar10ar15man

    ar10ar15man Well-Known Member

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    well did you measure the volume BEFORE you started loading it ?
    yes it has a rep for being soft.
     
  4. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    Wow Mud, a product you hate more that Hornady? That's gotta be some bad stuff. I got some virgin FC 243 brass for free. I planned to work up a deer load that I don't have to dig through the grass or snow if I lose a couple. But given their reputation, I likely wouldn't buy any by choice.
     
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  5. Joefrazell

    Joefrazell Well-Known Member

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    Well that's good to know. Thanks guys. No I didn't measure the volume before loading. I never have. I always start low
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    When you get 3 firings out of brass from mild loads, yeah, it's pretty much garbage.

    I don't hate Hornady, just the cartridges they make and the false claims they put on them.
     
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    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    PSSST ...

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  8. okie man

    okie man Well-Known Member

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    I have 350 fed gmm 308 win cases that weigh within 1.5 grains for the lot.I'm getting single digit es and 1/2moa groups with it. It may not be lapua tough but I paid a lot less for it.
     
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  9. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, fed. is junk, I use the old Winchester brass, never
    had a problem. I use lapua and norma brass in my 243AI and 308.
    all my wbee's I use norma. Icaught some on a sale.
    very good brass. justme gbot tum
     
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  10. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I use it in my 308. Had a bunch from years ago. I’ve got 7 firings on it and it’s pretty much finished from loose primer pockets. I’ll shoot it once more and scrap it. Saying that, with some work I got it to be consistent for me, but it does show pressure early.
     
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  11. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I had similar experience but mostly .300 WM, .30-06, and .270 Win.
     
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  12. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    I haven't had any big issues with Fed brass in 308 win, 30-06, 223. It seems softer then other, but I've had consistent results with it.
     
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    ajkellerusmc Well-Known Member

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    I have always had issues with FC brass in that the primer pockets were loose and primers would fall out on some reloads during firing or just in the ammo can, these on once fired factory brass reloaded for the first time. I now steer clear of it.
     
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    ofbandg Well-Known Member

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    I used some Federal 30-06 brass that had been given to me, once fired, and found it showed signs of pressure at a load below book max so I weighed it and found it to be considerably heavier than the Winchester brass I had been using. I believe the weight difference was 15 -20 grains. I put an entry in my notebook to load it lighter next time because it may have less capacity. Haven't tried it since though.